No one likes to think about the prospect of being injured in an automobile accident, but it is a fact of life that just tends to happen. When it does happen, understanding whether or not you have a claim for damages is important, as is understanding what kinds of damages you are allowed to claim. While it is best to get the advice of an attorney when you have questions about whether or not you have a claim for damages, there are a few things you should know going forward.
Car accidents occur every day in Missouri and throughout the country; therefore, it is crucial that motorists know how to react following a crash that was caused by another motorist. Besides collecting vital information from the liable motorist, informed car accident victims can take extra measures to help them recoup damages in the end.
Missouri residents may not know that a car accident is a common cause of a spinal fracture, and fractures in the middle or lower back are the most common types. These are known respectively as thoracic and lumbar fractures. Men are four times more likely to get these fractures than women, and they are often accompanied by other injuries due to the force that is required to inflict them.
Many Missouri residents are likely guilty of driving while distracted at some point in their life. Distractions include cellphone use, other personal electronic devices or distracting conditions in one's car instead of paying attention to the road. The result of this trend is an increasing national accident rate. Many of these accidents prove to be fatal.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, car crashes caused 35,441 personal injuries in 2011. Head injuries such as skull fractures are a common type of injury caused by a car accident. A skull fracture is defined as any break in the skull or cranial bone. Skull fractures come in several kinds. A skull fracture may or may not result in a brain injury.
Many Missouri residents have suffered injuries and car damage after a vehicle accident. It is normal to experience fear, anxiety and worry after being in a vehicle collision. However, when those feelings fail to subside or become stronger over time, there may be a more serious problem.
A 27-year-old Missouri woman is dead following a two-car accident near Jackson on Aug. 23, highway officials said. Three other individuals who were involved received minor to moderate injuries.
An accident on Highway 61 in Cape Girardeau County injured five people, according to authorities. The August 3 incident happened near Jackson at approximately 3:15 p.m. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reportedly filed multiple felony charges against a 39-year-old woman in connection with the accident.
Two teenagers were taken to a local hospital after suffering minor injuries in a car crash on Route B near Academy Road on June 29. A Kia being driven by one of the teenagers was reportedly hit nearly head-on by a Ford Ranger being driven by a 61-year-old man. According to police, the driver of the vehicle also suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.
While it is possible that anyone who is driving a car could be involved in a motor vehicle accident, there are certain demographics for which that risk is higher. One of those groups is older drivers. The reason behind this is a decrease in physical and cognitive abilities that occurs to all in varying degrees as one ages. Drivers who suffer from some of these deficiencies may cause car accidents. Accordingly, it is important that aging residents of Saint Louis City County, or their loved ones, periodically assess whether they can still safely operate a vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Agency has created a list of things that should be considered.